The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Living Into Baptismal Ministry and Sharing Your Passion

 

Facilitator outline (90 minutes to 2 hours)

Created by Tokunbo Green and Maureen Lederman

 Available in a printable/editable version here.

Read the  Teresa of Avila Prayer as opening

Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.  

Introductions - Name, Parish, What do you like to do for fun (5 - 10 minutes or so)

Facilitator (If COM members Facilitating) Explain  who we are and how we represent the COM and a little about what COM does - COM is involved in raising leaders in the church - ordained and lay - and helping people find where God is calling them.

If not  a COM member, facilitator can explain who they are ant their role and explain that this session is designed to help participants do as the title says live into their Baptismal Ministry and share their passion; help hear where God is calling them.

Go through Marks of Mission  (5 minutes)

Five Baptismal Marks of Mission:

The Five Baptismal Marks of Mission, identified at Convention 2012, guide, shape, and order our recommendations. These help us faithfully engage God’s mission as discerning disciples and active apostles, through:

  1. Worship & Prayer: teaching, baptizing, and nurturing new believers
  2. Repentance & Forgiveness: resisting evil and safeguarding the integrity of creation
  3. Evangelism: proclaiming the good news of God in Christ
  4. Service: responding to human need by loving service
  5. Justice & Peace: seeking to transform unjust structures of society and challenging violence

Have participants break into pairs or triplets [with a friendly stranger(s) if possible)] .

Activity

Instruct each team to share personal stories with each other about a time that they’ve seen or experienced their assigned mark in either their parish or in the wider world with in the last three months  Family, friends, meetings, work, etc - could be yourself or another who did this. (It's ok if participants end up sharing something from before then if they didn't think of anything closer. ) Let them know that each person has five minutes to share their story. Keep time and give them prompts to let them know when the next person should start if they have not already. (10 minutes for pairs 15 minutes for triplets)

Come back together as a large group. Ask participants to share what they shared or what they heard if it is ok with their partner(s) Sharing your own stories (10 minutes) - Is it okay with you if your partner shares your story? At least one story for each Mark should be shared.

After stories have been shared tell participants: “Recognize that we are called through baptism to co-mission in this place and this time to this world.

Return to Teresa of Avila Prayer – Facilitator may read it again or ask for a volunteer.

Theresa of Avila Prayer

Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.  

Ask participants to share what line(s) in the prayer speaks to them. (3 minutes)

Activity: Read question prompt to participants

Remember something from before you graduated from High School.  What did you want to do because you loved it?  What did you want to become when you grew up?  What was it that made you feel alive and passionate when you were in High School? (Optional: Participants may take a few minutes to Journal their answer)

Share with a friend:  Have participants get back into pairs or triplets. Again each person has 5 minutes to share with their partner(s). Keep time and let them know when the next person should start if they have not done so already. (10 – 15 minutes)

Activity: Journaling - Identify the gifts surrounding that passion (5 minutes)

Ask participants to take 5 minutes to journal, contemplate and identify the gifts they have surrounding the things they shared with their partner(s).

Ask participants if anyone would like to share their passion and what gifts they have surrounding that passion.

TREC Mandate: After the sharing tell the participants that: The mandate of the Task Force for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church is to: Follow Jesus together into the neighborhood, and travel lightly.

Activity: Journaling - Now ask participants to take 5 minutes  “Think about your neighborhood, your community, your parish. What can you be a part of that is already going on there?”

Optional Journaling: Now take 3 to 5 minutes to think about something that you don't know about already that you might want to be a part of. Is there a ministry you would like to be a part of or one that you'd like to start

Ask participants if they would like to share what they came up with in the last (last two questions).

Optional Ministry Networks: Tell participants that if they are interested in linking up with others who might share they passions they may visit the ECCT Ministry Network webpage to see what ministry networks already exist. Participants may start a ministry network. Explain what a Ministry Network - people from 2 or more parishes gathering to do God’s work in the world

It’s an organic  - be a part of existing ones or create new ones. Can register new ministry networks with ECCT if they want, but don't have to.

What is a ministry network?

When two or more Episcopalians are (1) engaged in God's mission; (2) collaborating; and (3) are from two or more parishes in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. There is no bureaucracy to review applications!!  It is not required to have a bishop's blessing and engagement, and, they welcome learning the different ways people are engaging God's mission collaboratively through Ministry Networks in ECCT, hearing your stories, and keeping you and your ministry in prayer. Non-Episcopal collaborators can certainly be part of a Ministry Network.

There are two ways to find current Ministry Networks (that the ECCT media office knows about). One subpage has a simple list, another subpage links to a resource page with current, and future potential, networks.

This page may change as ECCT determines the best ways to share information about

  • current Ministry Networks
  • how people can contact Ministry Networks (to learn from them or join them)
  • what Ministry Networks people are hoping to form, and where

God's Mission: Tell Participants “God's mission is the restoration and reconciliation of all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. “

(100 Word Version) Facilitator may read or have participants share in the reading (each reading one line each.)

God loved into creation -the universe, earth, humanity.  It was diverse, and it was good. Human sin entered and distorted our relationship with God, one another, and creation. God yearns to make all whole again. This is God's mission. God chose and liberated a people, sent the law and the prophets. God came in Jesus, fully human and fully divine. In Jesus' life, death and resurrection we are restored to unity with God and each other. God sent the Holy Spirit, empowering the Body of Christ. God co-missions us in baptism to participate in God's mission of restoration and reconciliation.

(Read)

How can we Participate:

We participate by learning what God is already up to, and joining that.

  1. We read the Bible to see what God has done, and continues to do.
  2. We talk to neighbors and leaders and others. We might convene a meeting, walk around the neighborhood, hop on a bus, host a supper, or whatever works in that context.
  3. We take stock of our gifts and talents, in light of what we've learned.
  4. We go out from where we are to join God's mission, reflect on that, and keep doing it.

Closing:

Ask Does anyone have questions for us?  Comments?  Concerns?

Ask participants to share Appreciations and Regrets about the session. Facilitator may start.

Closing Prayer

Officiant: Almighty God, we are continually amazed at the way you turn the world upside down. For a Savior of the world we would have chosen a powerful prince.

People: But you chose a carpenter's son born under questionable circumstances.

Officiant: For disciples to help Jesus through his ministry we would have chosen well connected wealthy people of the upper class to bank roll the operation,

People: But you chose fishermen, a tax collector, and other such outcasts.

Officiant: For a grand entrance into Jerusalem, we would have chosen a white Stallion.

People: But you chose a donkey.

Officiant: When riding high in the polls on Palm Sunday we would have chosen to stay there as long as we could,

People: But you chose to clear the temple.

Officiant: For a place of coronation we would have chosen a palace with a wonderfully decorated royal throne,

People: But you chose a cross.

Officiant: For those whom we would want to have included in the kingdom of God we would have chosen those who look and sound like we do.

People: But you chose the world.

Officiant: For people to show the love and grace extended to us in Jesus Christ we would have chosen somebody else,

People: But you chose each of us. Use us today. Amen.

A prayer from the Moravian Church

Living Into Baptismal Ministry and Sharing Your Passion

Handout

Teresa of Avila Prayer:

Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.  

Five Baptismal Marks of Mission:          

The Five Baptismal Marks of Mission, identified at Convention 2012, guide, shape, and order our recommendations. These help us faithfully engage God’s mission as discerning disciples and active apostles, through:

                 

  1. Worship & Prayer: teaching, baptizing, and nurturing new believers
  2. Repentance & Forgiveness: resisting evil and safeguarding the integrity of creation
  3. Evangelism: proclaiming the good news of God in Christ
  4. Service: responding to human need by loving service
  5. Justice & Peace: seeking to transform unjust structures of society and challenging violence

Discussion Questions:

Tell personal stories of a time that they’ve seen or experienced this in either their parish or the wider world since Christmas.  This could be something you did yourself or another who did this - think about family, friends, co-workers, etc.

Remember something from before you graduated from High School.  What did you want to do because you loved it?  What did you want to become when you grew up?  What was it that made you feel alive and passionate when you were in High School?

Journaling:

Identify the gifts surrounding that passion

TREC mandate: Follow Jesus together into the neighborhood, and travel lightly.

Ministry Network:

When two or more Episcopalians are (1) engaged in God's mission; (2) collaborating; and (3) are from two or more parishes in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.

For more information https://www.episcopalct.org/Find-Resources/ministry-networks/

(Keep checking website for updates)

God's Mission: God's mission is the restoration and reconciliation of all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

(100 Word Version)

God loved into creation -the universe, earth, humanity.  It was diverse, and it was good. Human sin entered and distorted our relationship with God, one another, and creation. God yearns to make all whole again. This is God's mission. God chose and liberated a people, sent the law and the prophets. God came in Jesus, fully human and fully divine. In Jesus' life, death and resurrection we are restored to unity with God and each other. God sent the Holy Spirit, empowering the Body of Christ. God co-missions us in baptism to participate in God's mission of restoration and reconciliation.

How can we Participate:

We participate by learning what God is already up to, and joining that.

 

  1. We read the Bible to see what God has done, and continues to do.
  2. We talk to neighbors and leaders and others. We might convene a meeting, walk around the neighborhood, hop on a bus, host a supper, or whatever works in that context.
  3. We take stock of our gifts and talents, in light of what we've learned.
  4. We go out from where we are to join God's mission, reflect on that, and keep doing it.